Why does God love His people? Because He loves them!
Verses seven and eight of Deuteronomy 7 says that God didn’t love the Israelites because they were so big and strong, but because He loved them and was keeping his promise to Abraham.
If you are in Christ, you are part of Israel, God’s chosen people.
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. (Deut. 7:6)
That’s you. You are His treasured possession. You were chosen by Him out of all the people on the face of the earth. You are holy to Him, set apart, special.
You are wanted, chosen, loved. Why? Because He loves you.
He loves you because He loves you.
You don’t earn God’s love. He won’t fall out of love with you.
You might make Him angry, which is only possible because He loves you so much. If He didn’t care, He wouldn’t care.
We obey God’s commands because we love Him. Because we couldn’t possibly think to do anything else.
We first obey out of fear. He is a holy God and we don’t want to be sinners in the hands of an angry God.
We ask for mercy and forgiveness and are received into His family. We ask for His Holy Spirit. Jesus says the Father will give it when we ask. In fact, He said, “So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13 BSB)
And we receive God’s love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit filling us. (Romans 5:5)
And once we truly know God’s love for us, we can’t keep sinning; it’s not out of fear of punishment, because perfect love gets rid of that fear, but because we love Him and want to please Him.
We obey Him because we love Him (John 14:15). And we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). And He loved us because He loved us. He can’t help it! He is love.